458 JoJeCa Aero started in 1996 as a small buisiness. Our company name sprung from the ashes of a family history dating back to WWII. Our relative, John Michael Wagstaffe, was a Warrant Officer in The Royal Air Force. He was the pilot of a Vickers Wellington Bomber, in No. 458 RAAF Squadron.
On April 19th 1944, Michael's plane crashed due to extreme fog conditions over Malta. Air Vice Marshal Reg Bullen (a young crew member at the time) was awarded the George Medal for saving another crew member. Sadly, Michael and three others did not survive the crash. They are buried in Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery (Prot. Sec. (Men's). Plot F. Coll. Grave 49).
JoJeCa came from the initials of our company owners 3 children.
Our lead aerial photographer and owner of JoJeCa Aero, is commercial pilot Adam Wagstaffe. Adam obtained his wings in 1993 and fell even more in love with flying when he bought the Aeronca L-3B in 1996. Together Adam and the Grasshopper flew over 2,000km from Nova Scotia (where the aircraft was purchased) to Oshawa Airport. An incredible journey, and story he would love to tell you himself!
Our other pilot, photographer, and weather forecaster is Johanna Wagstaffe (The 'Jo' in JoJeCa). Johanna received her wings through the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Power Scholarship. She continued her passion for flying and received a graduate degree in Meteorology from York University. When Johanna is not working in Science she is traveling all over the world and fly's regularly with Adam Wagstaffe or the Snowbirds. Ask her about her recent adventures around the globe, she would love to tell you about it!
Our other pilot, photographer and scuba diver is Jess Wagstaffe (The 'Je' in JoJeCa). Jess has done everything; she recieved her wings through the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Power Scholarship, her Open Water Scuba license from Dive Source as well as her motorcycle license. Jess spent a year in Sweden completing her Masters in Environmental Sciences. And If you are wondering what sort of trees grow on your property or are in your photo shoot, ask Jess our very own Forestry Technician and she would love to tell you all about them!
Our lead underwater diver and website designer of JoJeCa Aero, is Rescue Diver Cate Wagstaffe (the 'Ca' in JoJeCa). Cate obtained her 'fins' in 2006 with a The Dive Source scuba shop in Whitby Ontario and has been traveling the globe ever since, diving and exploring shipwrecks & sunken airplanes. When Cate isn't working as a Maritime Archaeologist (M.A.), she travels to the Bahamas for Shark Diving. Ask her about it, it is not as scary as it sounds!
Our photographer and head of logistics & operations on the ground is Piroska Wagstaffe. Piri created the JoJeCa Aero company logo, integrating the grasshopper, standing on the L-3 with the liaison pilot wings and the company name. JoJeCa recently purchased a house in France and it was Piroska that made it so. She is our French correspondent and translator. When she isn't off traveling around Europe, Piroska is busy staging houses and condo's for sale. If you are interested in renting our company's vacation home in France, Piroska would love to tell you all about it and places to visit in France!